Hiking in Mikro Panta Vrechi gorge – Evrytania (family friendly)

There are several areas in Greece that I always want to dedicate more time exploring them, but for one or the other reason, I do not visit them that often. This is the region of Evrytania. Evrytania boasts to be the Alpine Greece. The well wooded mountain of Tymfristos and the high altitude has formed a unique and rare unspoiled beauty of dense fir forests and traditionally built little villages. The mountainous region of Evrytania has a wide range villages around the city of Karpenisi and it is rather popular as a winter destination as it has a ski centre on Mount Tymfristos and offers numerous outdoor activities like rafting in Karpenissiotis River and horse back riding in the forests.

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View of the gorge

About Evrytania

Evritania is a region situated in the west part of the Central Greece and its neighbouring regions are Aetoloacarnania to the south, Fthiotida to the east and Karditsa to the north. The region spans an area of 1.868 sq. km. and a total population of 34.855 inhabitants. The capital city of the region is Karpenisi. The region is mostly covered with mountains: Mount Timfristos and Panaitoliko. The region has also many rivers: Acheloos, Agrafiotis and Megdovas while the reservoir of Kremasta Lake is to the south.

The area of Evrytania has been inhabited since antiquity as the fact of their participation in the Trojan War proves. The mountainous region has shaped different culture and tradition to the people as in antiquity it is found that they were speaking their own dialect unintelligible from other Greeks. When the area fell under the Turks, it was given privileges of autonomy and authority.


See other activities in the region of Evrytania here:


The inaccessible mountains of Agrafa became a safe haven for thieves. The north part of the region is called Agrafa, meaning unrecorded, as such difficult was the access of the area that the Turks excluded it from tax collection.


Hiking to the gorge Mikro Panta Vrechi

Mikro Panta Vrechi is an impressive but not very well-known gorge near the village of Tornos in Evrytania. It got its name, “It always rains” (Panta Vrechi), from the water that falls along like rain throughout the year from springs located on the tops of the vertical cliffs, creating a unique sight and experience for the visitor.

In order to visit “Mikro Panta Vrechi” one must first reach the village Tornos, a location of unparalleled natural beauty that is about 34 kilometers from Karpenisi. Tornos is the village immediately after Prussos and it is about 8 kilometers from the monastery of Prusiotisa.

Prior of entering the village of Tornos, we turn left towards the church of Holy Trinity. At that point we can locate a parking spot ( 38.740969, 21.674825 ) where we can leave the car and is also the starting point of the trail.

The trail is very easy for any kind of hiker including families. The only part that might challenge some, is the last 10 minutes of hike that lead right in the heart of the gorge.

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Starting point – Map of the area
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General information board
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Beautiful view
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First part of the trail
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Sign board with the various trails of the area
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Hiking
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Here we turn left and follow the red/blue signs – To the right leads to the natural pools

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hiking on

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Mikro Pantavrechi sign on a rock

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rural housing
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On this spot, we turn left and follow the dirt road
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follow the dirt road
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View of the gorge
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Here we turn to the right

Last section of the hike

As soon we reach that point, we can have a short break in order to forage some wild blackberries and in order to get ready for the last section of the hike. The last section of the hike is a very well signed path, under the coverage of the trees. It is a steep downhill with plenty of zig-zags that is not difficult. It might pose some minor challenge on the way back (uphill) for elder hikers or the ones in not good shape.

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Last part of the path – downhill
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Pan’s oak tree
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We turn to the right
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last few meters of downhill – Follow the steps

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Mikro Panta Vrechi

Mikro Panta Vrechi is an impressive but not very well-known gorge near the village of Tornos in Evrytania. It got its name, “It always rains” (Panta Vrechi), from the water that falls along like rain throughout the year from springs located on the tops of the vertical cliffs, creating a unique sight and experience for the visitor.

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Mikro Pantavrechi

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Water is falling from the cliffs above us

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water hike

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View of the gorge

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Details of the Hike:

  • Location: Mikro Panta Vrechi (Tornos Evrytania)
  • Trail Signs: Signed path
  • Maximum Elevation: 758 m.
  • Minimum Elevation: 568 m
  • Total Distance: 4,2 km
  • Hiking time: 2 hours (with easy pace – including the breaks)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • When to Hike: Late Spring – Early Autumn
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Route in 3D


Before you leave this blog check out the following map

Below: This map marks all the mountaineering adventures that have been featured on Olympus Mountaineering so far, including several Sport climbing crags – Select full screen to expand, zoom in for more detail, or click on a marker for a link to the post.

5 thoughts on “Hiking in Mikro Panta Vrechi gorge – Evrytania (family friendly)

  1. Thank you for sharing.
    I keep all your info for our next trip to Greece, hopefully next spring.
    Cool that you give the GPS coordinates of the parking. Suggestion : add a remark on its size and/or a photo so that I can see if OK for my camper van (length 640 cm).
    Any gpx file available for all your hikes ?

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    1. Hi Pierre,

      first of all, I would like to thank you for your kind comment and I am pleased to know that you will be using the info found on Olympus Mountaineering blog during your next trip in Greece.

      You remark about the size of the parking area is good and I will adopt it for future ports. Thank you.

      With regards the GPX files, you can find them on the individual posts. If you want any specific GPX track, let me know via the contact form and I will happily provide it to you.

      Again, thank you for reading through the blog Pierre.

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